A political newcomer has thrown his hat in the ring for the District 1 seat of the Forsyth County Board of Education.
On Thursday, county resident Wesley McCall announced his candidacy for the seat, which he said was his first time seeking political office. McCall said he has already received good feedback from the community.
“I did a soft announcement in the first week of January just to get some feedback,” McCall said. “It’s been a huge family decision, but I put some feelers out, and the response has been phenomenal.”
It appears McCall does not have competition yet for the seat, as Incumbent Ann Crow has said she will not seek re-election for the seat she has held for 16 years. The primary for the election will be on May 22, and the election will be held in Nov. 6.
McCall, who serves as deputy director of the Alpharetta Department of Public Safety, said his “whole life has been about the community,” and he has been involved with the local school system since his son started attending Sawnee Elementary School in 2008.
“I actually started when he was in kindergarten and going and volunteering every week reading and doing math [with] the students. It really got me engaged with the school,” he said. “I moved onto bigger and better things and got involved with the PTA, got involved with the local school council at Sawnee Elementary School.”
Among the items he has worked on at the school was establishing its science lab, which he said was also his first experience working with the school board.
McCall said he has served as a member of PTA Board, local school council and as a mentor to students.
If elected, McCall said he wanted to make sure students had the best possible equipment and make sure Forsyth County Schools was getting its money’s worth.
“I want to focus on … being fiscally responsible. I think that we owe it to the community to be fiscally responsible,” he said. “But we also want to make sure that our students and teacher have the latest and greatest equipment out there.”
McCall said he also wanted to focus on something that doesn’t necessarily show up on report cards.
“The other thing I want to focus on is the students’ physical and emotional well-being,” he said. “In my law enforcement background and fire background and dealing with students, you’re starting to see an increase in suicides and the addiction rates with drugs and things, so I want to focus on improving the emotional and social environment for our students.”
In a news release, McCall said he also wanted to keep the millage rate for schools low.
McCall holds an undergraduate degree from Grand Canyon University and graduate degree in public administration from Columbus State University. He and his family attend Browns Bridge Church.
More information is available at McCallforBOE.com.